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By the numbers
18 Turnovers against Michigan State, the most by Indiana since the Big Ten opener at Illinois. Also the number of consecutive games with a made 3-pointer by Yogi Ferrell.
22.5 Average points per game for Michigan State’s Gary Harris, an Indianapolis native, in four career games vs. IU. Harris is averaging 14 ppg against everybody else.
78.3 Percent free-throw shooting by the Hoosiers in Big Ten play, the best in the conference.

Recruit watch
James Blackmon Jr., 6-3, G, Marion, 2014: Scored 40 points on 14-of-21 shooting in a 98-64 win over Logansports last Friday, then added 32 more in an 80-46 win over Mississinewa to crest the 2,000-point plateau for his career.
Robert Johnson, 6-3, G, Chesterfield, Va., Benedictine Prep, 2014: Collected 21 points, five assists and four rebounds in a 77-58 win over Athlete Institute last Friday. Does not play again until Jan. 29.
Max Hoetzel, 6-7, F, Calabasas, Calif., Wilbraham and Monson Academy, 2014: Had 16 points, three assists and a steal to earn team MVP honors in an 89-73 loss to Brewster Academy last Sunday, then had 17 points in a 79-76 loss to Phelps School Monday.

Blackmon to play for USA
Indiana signee James Blackmon Jr. was named to the United States roster for the Nike Hoop Summit to be held in Portland, Oregon, on April 12 at 4:30 p.m. The game features America’s top seniors playing against a World Select Team of elite, international players age 19 or younger.

Also named to the roster was former IU target and North Carolina signee Theo Pinson (UNC).

The U.S. will be coached by another familiar name to Hoosier fans, Mike Jones of Dematha Catholic, who was Victor Oladipo’s high school coach.

Vonleh hoarding honors
Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh won his sixth Big Ten Freshman of the Week Award this past week and after a double-double at Michigan State, is well-positioned to pick up the honor again.

If he does so, Vonleh will tie Cody Zeller and Trey Burke for the second-most such awards, as each were honored seven times in 2011-12. The record is held by Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger, who took 12 Freshman of the Week honors in 2010-11.

Crean, Vitale and The V Foundation
Indiana coach Tom Crean will be one of three coaches honored at the Ninth Annual Dick Vitale Gala on May 16 at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Fla.

Other honorees are Alabama football coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey.

Individual tickets start at $1,000 and sponsorship opportunities at $5,000. The Gala will include a raffle for a 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLA V-edition with raffle tickets offered at a suggested $100 minimum donation.

Net proceeds of the event go toward pediatric cancer research and related programs through The V Foundation. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.jimmyv.org/2014-dick-vitale-gala.

3 comments

  1. Jeremy, I agree with Heywagon, why not any information each week on the 4 women’s commits? You do realize that there is more than one basketball team playing in Bloomington, right? With the ever increasing attendance at the women’s games, it is quite clear that interest in the women is becoming more prevalent! Please help us women’s fans out! Where else can we get information on this team? Help Jeremy!!

  2. So, I ask you, Indiana fans and thousands upon thousands of followers that pack this intellectual Mensa beehive of basketball intelligentsia, why on earth can Indiana not find a Coach Geoff to fix the “worst half court offense” in the history of the world!!!…..of college basketball?

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